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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2018 3:24 p.m. PST

….of the Branch-Lane Brigade in the Army of Northern Virginia, 1861-1865

"Two decades after the end of the Civil War, former Confederate officer Riddick Gatlin, Jr. bemoaned the lack of a history of the Branch-Lane Brigade, a command in which he had served. "Who has ever written a line to tell of the sacrifices, the suffering and the ending of these more than immortal men?" he asked. "Why has the history of that brigade not been written?" With the publication of General Lee's Immortals: The Battles and Campaigns of the Branch-Lane Brigade in the Army of Northern Virginia, 1861-1865, Gatlin's long wait is finally over.

This storied brigade was first led by Lawrence Branch, and then by James H. Lane, and served with Lee's Army of Northern Virginia for its entire existence. These Tar Heels fought in nearly every major battle in t he Easter n Theater, including the Seven Days' Battles , Second Manassas, Sharpsburg (where Branch was killed), Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville ( where its members mistakenly shot Stonewall Jackson), Gettysburg (including Pickett's Charge), the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, North Anna, Cold Harbor, the Petersburg Campaign, and the final retreat to Appomattox…."
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